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6:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid to 300,000 Missourians. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin St Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.  Two separate House committees voted down efforts Monday to expand Medicaid to 259,000 Missourians next year and 41,000 more in later years.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Early Childhood programs lack necessary Funding

Central Missouri Community action hosted Mid-Missouri Legislators in Columbia at the Park Avenue Head Start Facility Monday.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:48 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Meals on Wheels deals with winter weather

The charity Meals on Wheels delivers roughly 100 meals a day to the elderly and the disabled throughout Columbia. Inclement weather, like last week’s snowstorm, forces the charity to reorganize its efforts.

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Weather
4:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Some closures already announced for Tuesday, including MU and CPS

National Weather Service

The University of Missouri announced it will be closing its campus Tuesday ahead of forecasts for significant snowfall in Mid-Missouri. You can check the latest on the expected totals here on the National Weather Service site.

True/False
1:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

'The Expedition to the End of the World' explores life's meaning through art and science

This three mast schooner housed a documentary film crew, artists and scientists all studying life in some form.
Credit Courtesy of The Expedition to the End of the World

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

For three weeks, Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik and his film crew drifted on an old wooden schooner through the remote arctic waters of Greenland. Also on board, a group of artists and scientists studied the changing landscape of northeastern Greenland and used it to answer questions for scientific research and existential definition. Dencik’s job was to capture this age-old tradition of artists and scientists searching for truth and meaning in a rarely navigated locale. (Think Columbus and other early explorers.)

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AM Newscasts
9:34 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Newscast for February 25, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • More snow headed to Missouri
  • Mo. House panel to consider Medicaid expansion
  • Mo. bill seeks taxes from out-of-state retailers
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Agriculture
9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses bill letting kids work on farm

Children younger than 16 could avoid future federal regulation and continue to work on their parent's farm under a bill scheduled for a vote this week in Missouri's Senate.

In 2012, the federal government proposed rules that would have prevented children from doing certain agricultural work. The plans were scrapped after opposition from lawmakers, but Missouri's Senate is looking to pass a law just in case.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:11 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. House panel to consider Medicaid expansion

Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led Legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

Politics
9:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. bill seeks taxes from out-of-state retailers

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Missouri lawmakers are looking for ways to collect taxes from some online and out-of-state retailers.
State budget officials estimate that Missouri could gain about $10 million annually in tax revenues if legislation filed in both the House and Senate were to pass.

The bills address two areas that traditional retail stores contend put them at a disadvantage. One provision would require Missouri taxes to be collected on out-of-state retailers that personally deliver products like furniture and appliances to Missouri homes.

Crime
9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. texting while driving law nabs few violators

J Haymes photography Flickr

A 2009 Missouri law that bans young drivers from using their cell phones to send text messages has led to few citations and remains difficult to enforce, a Columbia newspaper reports.

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court to hear 2 prominent court cases

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The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments this week in cases involving school transfers and survivor's benefits for the gay partner of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Both cases are to be argued before the high court Wednesday.

Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in 2009 while investigating a Christmas Day accident on Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis. His partner sued for survivor's benefits, but their 15-year relationship is not recognized by the state.

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Weather
9:57 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

More snow headed to Missouri

Alex Olgin KBIA

Updated at 10:38 a.m. with closure information.

Just as Missouri and Kansas residents are digging out from record snowfalls, another winter storm is headed to the region.

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True/False
8:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

'After Tiller' delves into complex lives of third-trimester abortion doctors

Dr. Warren Hern meeting with a patient at his Boulder, Colo., clinic. From Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's 'After Tiller,' a documentary about the last four doctors in the US who provide third-trimester abortions.
Photo courtesy Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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Agriculture
6:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Seed science pushes toward higher yields

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer’s facility near Des Moines, Iowa, test these varieties of corn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

At an open house at DuPont Pioneer’s Dallas Center Corn Research Center near Des Moines, Iowa, retired corn breeder Bill Ambrose marveled at the tools available today to do the job he did for nearly 40 years.

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Agriculture
6:10 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Generic seeds could have a short lifespan

Potted soybean plants line the tables in a research greenhouse at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Researchers are trying to understand the ways different genes control plant growth.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

The patent rights on the first genetically modified seeds expire next year, but it’s not clear how the introduction of “generic” seeds fits into the science and business of GM crops.

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Business
5:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Winter storm causes regional blood shortage

Southern Blood Services Region Flickr

Yesterday's storm shut down many blood centers in Mid-Missouri, leading to a blood shortage in the region.

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Weather
5:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia police team with towing companies to clear roads

nonorganical Flickr

Police are working with private towing companies to remove stalled and abandoned vehicles to make way for snow plows. The Columbia Police Department said they've received more than 180 calls in Boone County since Thursday morning. Calling the police station is not recommended as a way to locate your towed vehicle.

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Business
5:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Snow cleanup closes parts of downtown Columbia

Traffic backs up on Broadway as people try to leave downtown Columbia Thursday afternoon.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Parts of downtown Columbia will be closed to traffic on Friday night for snow removal.

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Business
3:30 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

City launches parking project for North Village residents

Columbia City Hall
KBIA file photo

The Columbia City is launching a parking permit program today, hoping to alleviate a parking shortage in the North Village area.

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True/False
2:57 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

'I Am Breathing' highlights the human aspects of dying

Credit Courtesy of I Am Breathing Film

Listen to KBIA's conversation with 'I Am Breathing' co-director Emma Davie.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Eight months after doctors diagnosed him with a disease that attacked his nerve cells, successful British architect Neil Platt became paralyzed from the neck down.  As the down-to-earth, often humorous Neil struggled to figure out his legacy for his young son, filmmakers Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon gained intimate access to the Platt family in Neil's last months. 

The film, I Am Breathing, will get its North American premiere at this year's True/False Film Festival. Neil described the film as "a tale of fun and laughs with a smattering of upset and devastation." 

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Arts and Culture
2:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Art in Missouri: undocumented and underappreciated

A painting by Thomas Hart Benton, one of Missouri's most famous painters.
Credit Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Missouri artists might be suffering from an identity crisis -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Education
11:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia schools reconsider arming security directors

Håkan Dahlström Flickr

A Columbia school district committee is looking into allowing two district employees to carry firearms.

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AM Newscasts
10:01 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Newscast for February 22, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Snow removal continues on Columbia roads
  • Missouri student success on Advanced Placement tests doubles
  • LSU-Missouri game postponed by snow
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Weather
9:46 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Snow removal continues on Columbia roads

Traffic backs up on Broadway as people try to leave downtown Columbia Thursday afternoon.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Columbia Snow plows have been out overnight working to clear the roads for drivers. Columbia Public Works spokesperson Steve Sapp said as of Friday morning, all first and second priority routes have one lane that is plowed and passable.

“Passable does not mean that it’s clear down to pavement," Sapp said. "Passable means that it has been plowed, and at least one lane has had the top layer of snow taken off of it.”

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Education
9:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Missouri student success on Advanced Placement tests doubles

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The number of Missouri students succeeding on Advanced Placement Tests has doubled in the last decade.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokesperson Sarah Potter said AP tests saved a great deal of money for students in 2012.

“Potential cost savings for the students and families are more than fifteen million dollars by taking these exams and getting college credit,” Potter said.

Although Missouri is showing improvement among the students who do take the test, the number of students taking the test is low.

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Sports
9:16 am
Fri February 22, 2013

LSU-Missouri game postponed by snow

A massive snow storm barrels through mid-Missouri Thursday morning, dumping 10 inches of snow in some spots.
Britt Crocker KBIA

The women's basketball teams from LSU and Missouri will have to wait at least one more day for their first meeting since the 1989-90 season because of a major snow storm in the Midwest.

University officials say the game, originally scheduled Thursday night in Columbia, has been postponed until Friday at 1 p.m.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Columbia area, where about 10 inches of snow has made travel hazardous Thursday and blocked some roadways near the Mizzou Arena.

Business
9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mo. airports reopen with several cancellations

St. Louis' Lambert Airport is open for business with several flight cancellations.
Credit dbking / Flickr

Airports in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis reopened but passengers were told to expect several cancellations, particularly in the morning.

American Airlines flight 3215 from Columbia to Dallas was canceled this morning, but the remaining flights are scheduled to take off and arrive as planned.

Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and Kansas City International Airport both closed Thursday after a massive snowstorm hit Missouri.

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Weather
9:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mid-Missouri gets "thundersnow" during winter weather

Traffic slows to a halt on College Avenue as a massive snowstorm charges through mid-Missouri Thursday morning.
Kyle Felling KBIA

The winter storm that blanketed most of Missouri with snow and ice included a rare feature — thunder.

The phenomenon, known as "thundersnow," is extremely rare and is caused by instability in the atmosphere.
It happens when the ground is warm, but air in higher parts of the atmosphere is much colder. It also requires strong wind to push the warm air up and create the instability that results in thundersnow.
A University of Missouri climatology study shows that between 1961 and 1990 only 191 cases of thundersnow were reported.

Weather
10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

MU to remain closed Friday due to winter weather

Katy Mersmann KBIA

The University of Missouri issued a press release Thursday night announcing that the campus will remain closed Friday due to the winter storm that hit Columbia today.

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Global Journalist
8:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Will it become easier to report on China?

A building associated with the Chinese military is allegedly the site of origin for hacking attacks against US news outlets.
AP Images

China’s new leadership will soon set the agenda for the world’s most populous country for the next decade. Changes in the Communist government’s top tier could affect censorship practices — and make it either easier or harder for journalists to report on Chinese issues.  

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